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Top Twenty Goal Calls of The Year… March 19, 2009

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Well I had another great time calling Oil Barons games this season. I can`t think of anything I enjoy more than calling Barons games.

Click below to listen to my top twenty goal calls from this season.

The Top Twenty

Thanks again for following the blog throughout the season. I will update it at times during the off-season.

If you need contact me just drop me an email at dustin.nielson@rci.rogers.com

Awards Night…. March 19, 2009

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Here a list of award winners from the Barons year end banquet on Tuesday night.

MVP – Mac Caron
Playoff MVP – Steve Legatto
Top Defenseman – Jordan Berk
Top Defensive Player – Brad Stebner
Leading Scorer – Jordan Mirwaldt
Dedication – Michael Perry
Unsung Hero – Kris Steedsman
Hardest Worker – Dylan Seymour
Community Involvement – Shaun Rolling
Rookie of the Year – Branden Gracel
Coaches Award – Mason Conway

Congrats Boys!

Season Reaction March 16, 2009

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Had a chance on Sunday to catch up with three long time Barons who are now moving on.

Michael Perry

Dakota Dubetz

Kyle Johnson

Also was able to get Head Coach / G.M. Gord Thibodeau’s thought’s on the season and a look ahead to next year.

Gord Thibodeau

Season Done…MOB lose 3-1…. March 14, 2009

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The Barons once again put themselves in a position to win on Friday night but as was the story of the series Spruce Grove capitalized on their chances.

After being out played for 40 minutes and having Steven Legatto steal the show the Barons were down 1-0 heading into the 3rd.

Once again the MOB dominated the 3rd period and managed to tie the game at 1 just past the midway point of the period.

The Barons continued to press and you could feel that they were going to force a game 6.

Dave Carr had a glorious chance with the puck sitting at the edge of the crease and a wide open net but the pucked rolled as he went to fire it home and the shot ended up going over the crossbar…less than a minute later the Saints had one of their few chances in the 3rd and rookie David Glen beat Steven Legatto along the ice, between the legs with a wrist shot from about 40 feet out. Saints took the lead with 2:04 to go and would add an empty netter to seal the win.

The goal on Lego is once that he certainly would have liked back considering it looked like it was going to be one of his easier saves of the night….however if you look at it the other way Lego was the only reason the Barons were even in the game…so you can’t really put the blame on him.

Spruce Grove deserved to win this series but you have to give the MOB credit….they were tied in Game 4 with 15 seconds left and they were tied in Game 5 with 2:04 left…..a bounce here or there in the final two games and MOB could be leading the series 3-2 right now.

It’s back to the drawing board for the MOB now while the Saints move on.

Should point out that I think the Saints will need to play better if they want to advance another round. Spruce’s top guns were not impressive in the series and I would say that their goaltending was a little suspect at times….if they are going to beat the other elite teams in the league their best players need to be their best players….don’t get me wrong Colton Yaremovich, Tyler Barr and Bryce Van Brabant were great in this series…but those aren’t the guys that will win you a league title let alone a national championship.

Congrats to the Barons on making it further in the post-season than many expected.

I’ll have more post-season reaction from the Barons over the next couple of days.

And also check back for my Top Ten Goal Calls of the year.

Heartbreak at Thickwood In Game 4 March 12, 2009

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The Oil Barons put on quite a show on Wednesday night managing to come back from 2-0, 3-2 and 6-4 deficits only to lose 7-6 on a goal by the Saints with 15 seconds left.

Rookie d-man Brendan Wright iced the puck with 28 seconds left, it was play that Wright would probably like back as he had time with the puck and had Erik Toews waiting up the boards for a pass. Other than that play Wright played pretty good in his first game of the series.

The MOB weren’t able to win the face off and got caught running around which left Josh Kiezer all alone in the slot and he fired the puck home with 15 seconds left on the clock.

Another turning point in the game was when things were tied at 4 in the 3rd and Ben Lauder took a double minor for high-sticking in the offensive zone while the MOB had all the momentum. The Saints power-play made the Barons pay by scoring twice to take a 6-4 lead but the Barons did bounce back to tie it at six and I’m very confident they MOB would have won this game in overtime….in fact they had a couple great chances to take the lead in the final two minutes of the third prior to the Kiezer goal.

Steven Legatto probably has worst game of the series allowing 7 goals on 46 shots….he will need to bounce back in Game 5 if the Barons want to have a shot at staving off elimination.

Jordan Berk worked his last game with me in the broadcast booth last night…..he gave a farewell to each one of his teammates.

Had a chance to catch up with Michael Perry following the game…his thought’s are below.

Post Game Comments From Captain Perry

Jordan Berk Bids Farewell

As for goal calls last night….well had a couple good ones…and as you can tell at the time they were pretty goals for the MOB.

Dubetz Undresses Hardowa

Hallick Scores – E.T. Phone Home

Perry Ties It At 6

Powerless Power-play Hampers MOB In Loss…. March 11, 2009

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The Oil Barons power-play gave up a short handed goal and went 0 for 10 on Tuesday night in Game 3 on their way to a 5-1 loss.

The difference in the game was an inability to finish off opportunities by the Barons who actually ended up out shooting the Saints 37-36 and held the Saints to just 16 shots over the final two periods of play.

Branden Gracel put the Barons up 1-0 less than a minute into the hockey game but after that the Saints Vince Marozzi shut the door.

POST GAME AUDIO

I had a chance to catch up with Captain Michael Perry after the game.

Michael Perry\'s thought\'s on Game 3

Third Goal Controversy ?

I’m not to sure what the referees were thinking on the 3rd goal by the Saints….here’s a listen to the call of the goal…as you can hear I clearly point out before the puck goes in (whistle) that the net was off….and as myself and Jordan Berk noted…the linesman had to put the net back in place following the goal.

Third Goal Call

Obviously that blown call is not the reason the Barons lost the game (see powerplay) but still in a 2-1 hockey game the officials should probably be on top of this a little better. Earlier in the game the the refs blew the play dead with the Oil Barons having the puck on the power-play in the offensive zone…if it was blown dead that time then it should have been blown dead at this time as well.

Fourth Line Follies

One of the biggest differences in the series so far is the fourth lines. The Saints fourth line has scored their teams first goal in all 3 games and in Game 4 the trio also scored their second goal.

On the other side of things the MOB’s fourth line of Rolling, Toews and Lauder is now minus 5 in the series.

Game 4

If the Oil Barons can play on Wednesday night like they did on Tuesday night they have a good shot in tieing this series….however the boys must find a way to capitalize on numerous scoring chances.

Myself and Jordan Berk will have the pre-game show at 8:15 on Country 93.3

Game 3 Goes Tonight March 10, 2009

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Should be very interesting to see if the Oil Barons can show up for the full 60 minutes tonight.

The MOB accomplished their goal by earning a split over the weekend…even though they may have not deserved it…..the comeback on Saturday night was incredible.

The boys attempted a comeback on Sunday night as well but were unable to tie it at 2 despite a number of good chances. Spruce Grove found the back of the net on a power-play in the 3rd and went on to the 5-2 victory.

Vince Marozzi, who started Game 2 for Spruce, looked ok but wasn’t really tested outside of a 10 minute portion of the 3rd. According to Hamilton’s strategy all year long with his goalies Marozzi will start game 3.

Legatto has continued his sick play making 87 saves in the first two games and most likely will have to keep it up if the Barons want a chance to do the unthinkable and upset the Saints.

Make your way out to Thickwood Height’s Arena tonight at 8:30 for what should be another great installment of David vs Golaith.

Goal Calls…. March 8, 2009

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First of all the goal that tied the game at 4…I decided….despite earlier posts about how horrible The Warriors was….to use the main line from the movie as a goal call…I wanted to save it until just the right moment and when Dubetz lit Rolheiser up I felt it was necessary.

Dakota Dubetz: CAN YOU DIG IT

Then the tying goal…..I was just so in shock that a yelled Johnson’s name so loud that I lost my voice…a beauty

Kyle Johnson….Kyle Johnson

Barons Shock The Saints…. March 8, 2009

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Needless to say the Oil Barons come from behind victory on Saturday night was one of the games I will remember for the rest of my life.

Trailing 3-0 heading into the 3rd and for the most part being dominated through 40 minutes the Barons mustered up a 3rd period like nobody before them.

After cutting the lead to 3-1 the MOB fell back behind 4-1 and it looked like it was done…but hold on…..first it was Matt Hallick on a Stebner rebound…4-2…..then Brad Stebner on the power-play from the point….4-3…then Dakota Dubetz on a nice feed from Dave Carr and all of a sudden it’s 4-4….then with less than 2 seconds left Michael Perry wins the race to a loose puck…pokes it to Mirwaldt…..who centers it and Kyle Johnson fires it top cheddar on Rolheiser who was beaten 5 times in the 3rd.

Just an amazing finish to a 5 goal third period….truly a comeback for the ages…..weird thing is…the Oil Barons didn’t play near their best game and they still managed a 5-4 win….once they get playing they may have a shot at taking down the top team in the country…it’s just 1 game but it’s a start….a lot of work left to go.

Movies Not To Watch On The Bus….. March 7, 2009

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Worst Movie Ever

Worst Movie Ever

Just a heads up…don’t ever watch the movie The Warriors…for some reason unknown The Warriors somehow made it into the DVD on the bus on the way down to Spruce.

It was given critical acclaim by Jordan Mirwaldt…this is the same guy who ate a box of Nerds while reading GQ magazine. So we should have known better.

Anyway it’s essentially a gang movie during which of group of 8 or 9 guys wearing tight leather vests runaway from all of these others gangs….at least that’s what I got from it in the first hour before it was finally taken out. The only fight scene in this so called gang war movie involved guys with painted faces carrying baseball bats…they got owned…mind you they could probably be the Kansas City Royals.

Anyway….just to save you an hour or two of your life…don’t watch The Warriors.

Unrelated:

How’s the Jokinen and Leopold trades looking now? Flames got crushed 6-1 in Carolina tonight….I’m thinking Flames fans would have rather watched The Warriors than that game tonight.

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